Browsing Items (6 total) Tagged  ‘Before J4J’

A group of men from Window Cleaners Union local 349 picket a Pep Boys automotive supply store in Los Angeles. In the years after World War II, the Building Service Employees International Union (BSEIU) represented a wide variety of Los Angeles…

Local 399 members listen to speaker (possibly George Hardy) at a contract ratification meeting.

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An agreement has been reached between SEIU local 399 and local building owners in the mid 70's. The friendly atmosphere of this meeting was soon to become a thing of the past as building owners adopted their cut-throat employment practices shortly…

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Taken in the 50's, this photo suggests a major shift in the ethnic make up of the janitors' union in Los Angeles. By 1990 the workforce was predominately Latino. Los Angeles has one of the largest African American communities in California. African…

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Members of SEIU Local 399 meet in their hall at 631 W. 9th Street, Los Angeles. Before the 1980s, many of Local 399's members were African American; the changes in the 1980s and 90s would change the makeup of the union to include mostly Latino…

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American Building Maintenance employees had enjoyed the benefits of union contracted work running from the late 1940's till the 1980's when contractors started signing on with non union employers. In under a decade these non union contracts resulted…

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